To je službeni!

For those of you like me that DON’T speak Croatian, that means…

"IT’S OFFICIAL!"

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Let my next great adventure begin

I have been talking about it for awhile now, but I have made the final decision today to move to Split, Croatia at the end of May this year. I put the first step of my plan into action by purchasing my one-way flight there from London all of about 2 hours ago.

Ever since I received my confirmation email with my itinerary and boarding pass, I have just been buzzing and grinning ear to ear. (Thank you easyJet!)

It has been close to a year since I have stepped foot on a beach, let alone seen one in person, and coming from a girl who grew up in California, it feels like decades! 

For those of you that don’t know much (or anything) about Croatia, let alone Split, here is the jist:

  • Croatia is a Medditeranian country, surrounded by BosniaSerbiaSloveniaHungary, and across from Italy.
  • Split is the second largest city in Croatia, located on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
  • It is referred to by it’s residents as ”The sportiest city in the world.
  • Funnily enough, Los Angeles is regarded as one of Split’s “sister cities.” 
  • From Split, there is easy access to fellow Croatian cities such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Solta, and Brac.
  • In the summer time it is bustling with travelers and backpackers from all over the world that I certainly cant wait to meet! 

"Why Croatia?" you might ask…

Well the idea came about, because two of my friends from Prague will be moving there mid-May to work for another friends pub crawl that runs throughout the summer. One of them mentioned to me that they would be looking for people that have experience doing that sort of thing (which I do, from living in Prague), and it just set a plan in motion. 

I mean, who wouldn’t want to live here?

Split, Croatia

Plus, my visa is close to running up in a couple months in London anyways, and I would like to try somewhere new, unknown, and exciting… 

After some extensive research on flights, things to do, visa regulations, etc, I made the officially decision to take the plunge and make a move. 

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Headed to Split on May 28th!

I will be moving into a flat with my two friends from Prague (one’s Czech & one’s Aussie), which has already been sorted out by our future boss.

Starting work on June 1st for the pub crawl and so looking forward to it! It was really nice having a few months away from all the crazy drinking and partying, but working for a pub crawl is really one of the funnest jobs that you can have during the summer. Favorite part being that you get to meet amazing, fun, like-minded young travelers making their way through Europe. I can’t tell you how many connections I made and friends that I have around the world, just from working on the crawl in Prague last summer! 

Now it is just a matter of getting in better shape and some color on my skin before I get there…I don’t think I have ever been this pale in my life.

Soooo….HERE GOES NOTHING! 

Wish me luck :) 

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The research is never-ending.

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For the last few weeks here in London, the thought of “So, what’s next?” has been crossing my mind quite a bit lately. It comes as no surprise, since I have been here for about 3 months now, and it is usually around this time that I start weighing my options of what to do and where to go next. My problem is that, no matter how many times I ask myself this question, it always poses an infinite amount of responses. All of which depend on how much money I have saved, how much more I can save before I want to leave, what time of year it is, if I can find work there, etc. etc. 

Yesterday, I made the decision to finally buckle down, start doing some research online, and figure out what my next move is going to be. Croatia has been a fairly prominent choice as of lately so that was, of course, my first go-to topic in Google. Well, it has been 2 days and about 11 hours of time spent online, looking at different travel websites (especially fellow travel blogs) and I feel even farther away from making a choice than when I started.

The thing about travel websites and blogs, is that one always leads to another, which leads to another, and another, and so on. Before I knew it, I had read countless articles on topics such as “Budget Travel”, “Getting a Job on a Cruise Ship”, “How to Become a Travel Writer”, “Cheapest Places to Visit”, and a ridiculous number of bucket lists. None of these things having anything to do with Croatia, of course. I had “liked” about 15 new travel sites on Facebook, and started following even more on Twitter. Sure, being connected to these people is great, and I am sure will be a big help down the road, but I just felt even more lost than when I started. 

I realized that, until I start organizing and compartmentalizing my thoughts and ideas, I am never going to start heading in the right direction of where I am off to next. Out comes the paper and the list begins…

  • What jobs can I do?
  • What places can I afford to go to?
  • How can I earn more money now?
  • What do I want my website to include?
  • How else can I connect to fellow nomads, vagabonds, wanderlust (whatever you want to call them)? 

Even just writing down the answers to these questions has lifted quite a sizable weight off of my shoulders. Instead of having 36 tabs open on my browser (like I did for most of yesterday), I have my thoughts written down in front of me so I can tackle them one at a time. And if I come across an unrelated article I might find useful for something else? I don’t let myself read it just yet. Pin it, and come back to it later! It is amazing how much more relaxed it’s made me. And, I mean, who wants to be stressed when planning a trip, right? Not me! 

Anyone else out the finding themselves with a similar problem when researching their next adventure? Maybe give “writing a list” a shot and see if it helps? If not, what do you do to help alleviate the stress? 

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pata-caliente
Meet me in…
Split?
My time is about half way over in London, and although I have loved every minute of it, and will be sad to move away from this city again, I need to start looking forward and making plans for what is next. 
I know that I have mentioned on here that I want to end up in Australia by the end of the year, and that is still the plan, but where to go in between, during the hot summer months, has been up for debate. 
My most prominent plan has been to move back to Prague for the summer, get a job teaching English during the week, and work for The Prague Underground again, if I could, on the weekends. This has been my safety plan, for I have already lived there, already have friends there, and it really wouldnt require any great leap of faith to return. I love the city of Prague and know I would be happy there no matter what. Its familiar…
But what is fun about familiar? 
What I would really love to do is head south to Croatia! I want to spend the summer in the hot sun, near the beach, and meeting fun new people… AGAIN! This California girl is missing her beaches pretty badly. It’s not a complete leap of faith, as I have spoken to a few friends from Prague who are thinking about moving there as well, so I wouldn’t be alone in this adventure this time. 
As far as work goes, there is a pub crawl there as well starting back up in the summer that needs people and is friends with the owners of the two good crawls in Prague, one of which I worked for. A friend from the rival crawl in Prague is moving to Split in May to manage the crawl there and is certain I would have a job there if I want it. Pay is about the same as I was used to before, and accommodation is very cheap, especially if all of us headed there get a place together. 
I just want to be sure that I am going to be able to save money while I am there so that I am still able to fulfill my plans to make my way to Australia by the end of the year. That is priority number one! Then once I am in Australia, I can settle there for a year, and start making plans for my future and where I want to end up….but that’s a whole other post I am not going to worry about right now. 
So Prague or Split? 
What to do…what to do…
Kait xx

Meet me in…

Split?

My time is about half way over in London, and although I have loved every minute of it, and will be sad to move away from this city again, I need to start looking forward and making plans for what is next. 

I know that I have mentioned on here that I want to end up in Australia by the end of the year, and that is still the plan, but where to go in between, during the hot summer months, has been up for debate. 

My most prominent plan has been to move back to Prague for the summer, get a job teaching English during the week, and work for The Prague Underground again, if I could, on the weekends. This has been my safety plan, for I have already lived there, already have friends there, and it really wouldnt require any great leap of faith to return. I love the city of Prague and know I would be happy there no matter what. Its familiar…

But what is fun about familiar? 

What I would really love to do is head south to Croatia! I want to spend the summer in the hot sun, near the beach, and meeting fun new people… AGAIN! This California girl is missing her beaches pretty badly. It’s not a complete leap of faith, as I have spoken to a few friends from Prague who are thinking about moving there as well, so I wouldn’t be alone in this adventure this time. 

As far as work goes, there is a pub crawl there as well starting back up in the summer that needs people and is friends with the owners of the two good crawls in Prague, one of which I worked for. A friend from the rival crawl in Prague is moving to Split in May to manage the crawl there and is certain I would have a job there if I want it. Pay is about the same as I was used to before, and accommodation is very cheap, especially if all of us headed there get a place together. 

I just want to be sure that I am going to be able to save money while I am there so that I am still able to fulfill my plans to make my way to Australia by the end of the year. That is priority number one! Then once I am in Australia, I can settle there for a year, and start making plans for my future and where I want to end up….but that’s a whole other post I am not going to worry about right now. 

So Prague or Split? 

What to do…what to do…

Kait xx

Yay sunshine!

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My favorite time to ever be in London is on those somewhat rare occasions (especially in March) that the sun comes out and it is more than 15 C outside. It feels as if the whole city wakes up and everyone pops out of nowhere, with there short sleeves and sunglasses on.

This past Monday it was gorgeous out! I was actually able to wear a strapless dress, denim jacket, flip flops & sunnies. (There is not much that makes me happier than days that I can wear flip flops and sunnies!) I spent the day walking around Battersea, worked in the garden for a bit, and soaked up the sun. Tomorrow it is supposed to be around 17 or 18 C. Already have planned out laying on the lounger in the garden, or on a blanket in the park, and reading the Kindle all day. Maybe a pina coloda thrown in there somewhere…

I know that some people outside of London will read this with shock that I am going to lay out in the sun when its only 18 C out, but to me, that feels like heaven right about now! 

Bring. It. On.

Kait xx

Over the past couple of weeks, since the beginning of Lent, my mom and I have been running around London like a couple of crazy 7 year olds hunting for big decorated Easter eggs. 
Starting on Ash Wednesday, 209 giant artistic eggs were spread out across London in an effort to raise money and awareness for the charities Elephant Family and Action for Children. Each egg has a code that you text in to The Big Egg Hunt, and are entered in a drawing to win a very expensive Faberge egg. On top of that, for every text that you send in 25p is donated to the charity funds. 
So far, mom and I have been around Sloane Square, Southbank and Covent Garden and have collected about 45 eggs. About a quarter of the way there! We are headed to Green Park and St James Park today to tackle some more and enjoy what is supposed to bad a beautiful day…crossing our fingers. 
Wish us luck! Promise to take some photos for you…
Kait Xx

Over the past couple of weeks, since the beginning of Lent, my mom and I have been running around London like a couple of crazy 7 year olds hunting for big decorated Easter eggs

Starting on Ash Wednesday, 209 giant artistic eggs were spread out across London in an effort to raise money and awareness for the charities Elephant Family and Action for Children. Each egg has a code that you text in to The Big Egg Hunt, and are entered in a drawing to win a very expensive Faberge egg. On top of that, for every text that you send in 25p is donated to the charity funds. 

So far, mom and I have been around Sloane Square, Southbank and Covent Garden and have collected about 45 eggs. About a quarter of the way there! We are headed to Green Park and St James Park today to tackle some more and enjoy what is supposed to bad a beautiful day…crossing our fingers. 

Wish us luck! Promise to take some photos for you…

Kait Xx

Skip the “I’m Sorry”s

I constantly find myself falling behind on my updates, and end up writing a drawn-out post full of apologies and quick anecdotes from the previous weeks, but that is all behind me now. 

Starting with the present and moving forward…

Only tid-bits of information you need to know:

  • Started running again (yay!)
  • Marisa, my old flatmate and coworker in Prague, has moved to London
  • I am currently working with my momma, helping out with kids
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meetmeinpraha:

I think I just might.
When I was in London over Christmas, I have never felt more at home. I have my family there. I have my friends there. I have a life there. It is not that there is anything wrong with Prague at all. I have absolutely loved the time that I have spent here, and am so grateful for the experience. I have enjoyed this city and everyone that I have met and become friends with, but I have not once felt at home here. 
When I started thinking about moving back to London, it felt scary and comforting all at the same time. At first, I felt like a failure. I felt like I was moving backwards. I have already lived there before and was hoping to end up somewhere new. But after discussing the idea with my mom and my aunt, two women who’s opinions I trust the most, they helped me to realize that I am only moving backwards if I allow myself to. Instead, I am going to view this as just another step forward in my story. Another step forward to whichever country I want to end up in next. A chance to take hold of my life again, and figure out my next move.
It will be saddening to leave my friends and my life here, but I know that this is the right thing for me to do. It is a scary decision to make, but fear can be a good thing. A very good thing. 
Thank you for everything you have given me, Praha. I will cherish my time here for all the years to come.
This is not good bye.
Xx Kait 

meetmeinpraha:

I think I just might.

When I was in London over Christmas, I have never felt more at home. I have my family there. I have my friends there. I have a life there. It is not that there is anything wrong with Prague at all. I have absolutely loved the time that I have spent here, and am so grateful for the experience. I have enjoyed this city and everyone that I have met and become friends with, but I have not once felt at home here. 

When I started thinking about moving back to London, it felt scary and comforting all at the same time. At first, I felt like a failure. I felt like I was moving backwards. I have already lived there before and was hoping to end up somewhere new. But after discussing the idea with my mom and my aunt, two women who’s opinions I trust the most, they helped me to realize that I am only moving backwards if I allow myself to. Instead, I am going to view this as just another step forward in my story. Another step forward to whichever country I want to end up in next. A chance to take hold of my life again, and figure out my next move.

It will be saddening to leave my friends and my life here, but I know that this is the right thing for me to do. It is a scary decision to make, but fear can be a good thing. A very good thing. 

Thank you for everything you have given me, Praha. I will cherish my time here for all the years to come.

This is not good bye.

Xx Kait